cooking and eatingEaster is just around the corner and the shops are full of Easter stuff again. Almost everyone eats chocolate Easter eggs in the lead up to Easter, but what do we really know about this Easter food?
We will eat more and more Easter eggs. At least, that’s what Hema reported recently on the show “The Big 2022 Easter Egg Survey”. Compared to the 2016 survey, we’re starting to eat more Easter eggs: We went from 47 Easter eggs per person in 2016 to 51 Easter eggs this year.
More flavors are being added to the store: from tiramisu and hazelnut to coconut and pecan caramel. It’s no surprise, because according to the survey, six out of ten Dutch people like to try new flavours. Hazelnut eggs, praline and milk chocolate are the most popular among the traditional flavours. Caramel sea salt, strobowaville, white chocolate with raspberry, coffee toffee, pistachio, tiramisu, avocado and nougat are the most popular flavors.
“Flavors that were weird a few years ago, like caramel sea salt, are now being bought more frequently and on a large scale,” says Esther Hanschoten, Fashion Watcher. “But the traditional flavors are also still as popular as ever. Chocolate eggs will always be popular anyway, so many chocolate brands have Easter eggs especially at Easter.”
As a live chick emerges from a dead shell, so the living Christ rises from the grave
1. Why do we hide eggs?
Many Dutch people like to hide Easter eggs. Why do we already do that? According to cultural theologian Frank Boseman, this has to do with the combination of the onset of spring and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “The eggs symbolize spring, because during that time nature comes out of its shell. Everything will grow and thrive, just like a chick hatching from its own egg.”
Bosman continues: “The eggs also symbolize in this context the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, as is celebrated at Easter in the Christian tradition.” “As a live chick emerges from a dead shell, so does a living Christ rise from the grave. Because real eggs are quite fragile and have a limited history, and because chocolate (and has been considered) a luxury product, we have switched to chocolate eggs instead of real eggs.”
2. What does the Easter bunny have to do with eggs?
According to legend, the eggs are hidden by the Easter bunny, but what does the bunny have to do with the eggs? Bosman: There are probably two reasons. First, the hare (or hare) symbolizes the resilience of nature that re-emerges in the spring. Rabbits represent fertility, because they “act like rabbits.”
But secondly, there is an explanation that hares make the so-called army in the tall grass. Rabbits do not do this, they dig burrows. Such an army is like a bird’s nest. Moreover, birds sometimes use an army of rabbits later on for their nest. People found bird eggs in hare armies, and so the legend was born.”
3. This was the biggest Easter egg ever
We can eat and hide chocolate eggs, but you can also break some records with it. The record for the largest Easter chocolate egg, according to the Guinness Book of Records, was set on April 16, 2011 in the Le Acciaierie shopping center in Cortenuova (Italy). The Easter egg was 10.39 meters high and was made by Tosca (Italy). A chocolate egg weighed 7,200 kilograms and had a circumference of 19.6 meters at its widest point.
PortAventura Entertainment holds the record for the largest ornate Easter egg in Salou, Spain. On March 10, 2022, the record was set with a length of 15.98 meters and a diameter of 10.65 meters.
4. This Indian Laid the Longest Row of Chocolate Eggs
On April 16, 2017, Santosh Singh Rawat and his team set the record for the longest line of chocolate eggs at the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar Hotel in Mumbai, India. The line consists of 20,203 chocolate eggs and a total distance of 1,026 metres.
The longest line of decorated eggs consists of 21,723 eggs and was realized on April 21, 2014 by the staff of Pays-d’Enhaut Tourisme at Château d’Oex (Switzerland).
5. Biggest Easter Egg Hunt
The largest Easter egg hunt was conducted in the US state of Florida, with 501,000 eggs. On April 1, 2007, 9,753 children and their parents searched for eggs at Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven.
The largest Easter egg hunt was held in London from February 21 to April 1, 2012. 12,773 participants took part and the record was set by The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, as part of World Record London. During the competition, 209 eggs about 60 cm in size were hidden in London. The event was marked by an egg that changed position every three days. All eggs were eventually auctioned off for charity. The more eggs the contestants find, the higher their chance of winning the £100,000 first prize.
6. The most expensive chocolate eggs
The most expensive non-jeweled chocolate egg, also as part of the World Record London, sold for £7,000 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 20 March 2012. The ‘Golden Speckled Egg’ is made of Amedei chocolate and edible gold leaf and filled with fine chocolate and truffles. The egg is decorated with twelve small chocolate eggs, twenty small chocolate pieces and five white flowers. It took more than three days to make the egg. It is estimated that the egg weighs more than 50 kilograms, is 107 centimeters long and 54 centimeters wide.
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